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Soul Surfer Reviews

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June 30, 2013
A solid and inspiring story about faith and family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
January 9, 2013
The best faith-based film ever made, an uplifting, entertaining and wonderfully-acted account of surfer Bethany Hamilton's life before and after a shark bit her arm off in the waters off her favorite Hawaiian beach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 25, 2011
A well-meaning, handsomely staged biopic of the top Hawaii-based surfing star Bethany Hamilton who lost her arm to a shark in 2003 at the age of 13...
September 23, 2011
Essential viewing for any injured armed forces veteran or contender for next year's Paralympics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 23, 2011
Sure, the film has its mawkish moments, but it's a remarkable, well-intentioned tale that deserves to ride its wave rather than to wipe out on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 22, 2011
In the end, the platitudes take over completely, but the inspirational story is still worth telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 31, 2011
Like Bethany's sunshine filled life, once a great white takes the talented girl's left arm, the film takes a dramatic turn in both tone and artistic execution.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 23, 2011
Beyond the Hollywood gloss and PG rating, there is no denying the power of this gritty true story about a teenage champion surfer who defies the odds to get back on her surfboard and win again after losing her arm in a shark attack
April 14, 2011
... an inspiring story, extremely well told.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 14, 2011
An uplifting and utterly traditional exploration of faith in the face of death that also happens to have some terrific surfing footage and Carrie Underwood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 13, 2011
This would have made a better documentary than a live-action re-creation. Still, 'Soul Surfer,' despite its flaws, tells the real-life inspirational story of Bethany Hamilton, a professional surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 13, 2011
The movie glides by easily -- like surfing looks -- which is the result of genuine and strong filmmaking craft.
April 12, 2011
It may seem overly brave and religious but remember it is a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
April 10, 2011
Soul Surfer is a rare film these days, truly heartwarming and inspirational. The performances are wonderful and true and the movie itself is exciting and lovely to look at. It's a perfect family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 10, 2011
This inspiring movie about courage and faith offers a wonderful role model for everyone -- not just teenage girls.
April 8, 2011
On-the-nose dramatically but marked by invested-in performances, feel-good movie of genial deification Soul Surfer should play quite well in Red State rural and suburban areas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 8, 2011
Slick, visually exciting, inspirational Christian drama based on the true comeback story of a teen surfer who loses her arm to a shark.
April 8, 2011
It's Bethany and Alana's friendship - its sturdiness and vulnerability, its laughs and sincere apologies - that rules the day.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 8, 2011
For plenty of family viewers, this film will catch a wave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 8, 2011
Surprisingly I came out of Soul Surfer without that sticky sweet feeling you get from too much schmaltz and only a strong desire to see AnnaSophia Robb in more moves and Carrie Underwood in far fewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.85/10
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